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Delhi HC asks State Government to Place Complaint Boxes at Ration Distribution Stores

Lawstreet Journal 9 May 2020 10:23pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Executive Delhi HC asks State Government to Place Complaint Boxes at Ration Distribution Stores

Delhi High Court recently directed the Delhi Government to put up complaint boxes at Public Distribution System (PDS) and non-PDS distribution centres in the state. 

The Bench comprising of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh also asked the Government to submit a compliance report on the steps taken by it the ensure that ration is being adequately provided to the needy in the country. 

The court’s order came after a PIL was filed by an NGO named Rozi-Rozi Adhiyan Abhiyan, which contented that many people in the state were still deprived of free ration. The plea pointed out that the system of E-coupons (for obtaining ration) required the use of a smartphone and internet to generate OTP, upload photos of the family and a copy of the Aadhaar card to download the e-coupon, and that not everyone below the poverty line had access to such facilities. 

Senior Advocate Sanjay Parikh, who represented the petitioners, further highlighted that many ration shops were closed during working hours, causing hurdles to those in need of food supplies. He remarked that around 38% of the shops, which volunteers of the NGO visited between April 29 and 30, were found to be closed.

Such acts amount to a violation in the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 and the closure of ration shops before the working hours and the denial of access to food grains for the needy is unsolicited and horrific, especially in the times of the lockdown.

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